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MAY 14-15, 2021 Through 12 days prior (Sunday May 2), the cost will be $100 per four-person team $20 additional individuals (participating in the individual section when they’re not playing on a team)   From 11 Days prior to 2 days prior (May 3-12), the cost will be $125 per five-person team $25 additional individuals   FINAL DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Wednesday May 12 (Wednesday before the tournament)


The tournament is open to all Oregon students in grades 6-12, whether they have participated in a league or not.  Please check our bylaws to learn more about tournament eligibility.  To find out the OSAA designation for your school, visit http://www.osaa.org/schools/

We will run two sections:  1) Varsity (Oregon schools only) and 2) JV/Open. Note that Washington students are welcome to participate in the JV/Open Section as an Open team.

If you don’t have a team, we will make an open team out of individuals.  We will find a way to make sure you get a chance to play!

Teams may be formed of students who attend school or reside in Oregon high schools, grades 9-12. One team per high school allowed. See rules as homeschool students can play for the public school of the district they reside in.

Teams may be formed of students who attend school or reside in Oregon schools, grades 6-12. One team per high school allowed. Middle School Teams made entirely of middle school students will also play in this section. If trouble finding players, with special permission elementary players will be allowed.

OPEN Teams may be formed by any group of students who attend school or reside in Oregon or Washington, grades 6-12.

Titles Awarded: State High School chess team titles will be awarded in the Varsity and JV sections to the overall section winner (overall state champion) and according to OSAA Classification (top score amongst 6A teams, top score amongst 5A teams, etc., although schools in classifications with small numbers of participants may be grouped to form a larger combined class section (i.e., 3A-2A-1A).

SECTION RATINGS & SEEDING: Each player on the team will be assigned a rating based on their highest established rating in the NWSRS and USCF. If both are established or neither is established, we will assign the higher of the two. If a player is not rated in either system, they will be considered unrated and receive a rating per NWSRS guidelines of 100 points per grade (example – grade 10 = 1000 rating on unrated players). For purposes of pairing/seeding, the team’s average rating will be used.

SCHEDULERegistration deadline for 2021 – Wednesday before the tournament (May 12)   Absolutely no unregistered teams will be accepted at the door.Knowing who is coming beforehand is key to ensuring we start on time. Coaches must their school principal e-mail a certification letter from their school (no exceptions) with all players listed to drnancykeller@yahoo.com prior to the day of the tournament, or they will not be allowed to play.   All teams must present their first round lineup via email by midnight on Wednesday before the event or the lineup will be in rating order. Changes need to be made with the Executive Director drnancykeller@yahoo.com. Last minute changes may not be approved due to time schedule.

5 ROUND SCHEDULEFriday4:30pm-5:00pm: Check-In 5:00pm: Player’s meeting5:30pm: Round 18:00pm: Round 2Saturday9:00am: Round 311:30am: Round 42:00pm: Round 55:00pm (approx): Awards ceremony

TOURNAMENT INFORMATIONChess Etiquette  (All coaches must review with players)How The Championship Works

REGISTRATION PLEASE Gather student lichess user names (register first if you don’t have one), emails, and phone numbers. DOWNLOAD this Excel Spreadsheet: OHSCTA 2021 Champ Registration Template, complete it, then email as instructed on the sheet.

REGISTER ONLINE:   Registration simply requires filling in the Excel  template linked above, and should go quickly.  Complete the details on that form and sent it by email as indicated by 12 days before the event (Sunday May 2) to get the early-registration price. Fees (checks made out to OHSCTA) should be mailed to:

Jeff Dobbins, Willamette U. College of Law, 245 Winter St. SE, Salem, OR 97301

Remember, to receive the early registration discount, we need to have your registration form submitted 12 days before the event. Also, all registrations must be made no later than the Wednesday (midnight) before the event — no later registrations will be allowed.

REQUIRED INFORMATION ON TOURNAMENT DAY:  School contact info, coach contact info, team roster (for every team), team captain names, signed letter of certification on school letterhead from your superintendent, principal or athletic director listing each player by name and their qualification (see bylaws for additional information) to be e-mailed to drnancykeller@yahoo.com. You must have this information in order to play in the Varsity or JV Division.

Questions, requests for special allowances: contact Executive Director Nancy Keller at drnancykeller@yahoo.com.

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